River Heritage Mystery Quilt continues with Month Four!
The Bill Emerson cable stay bridge stands over the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and East Cape Girardeau, Illinois. Opened in 2003, the bridge is a beautiful landmark which thousands of people cross each day. Lighted at night, it is a beautiful and iconic structure, especially in the month of October when all the lights are pink for the Pink Up Cape breast cancer awareness campaign. The bridge is 4,000 feet long, 100 feet wide and is illuminated with 140 lights.
Lighted Bridge is made of four large flying geese (depicting the lighted cables and their reflection in the river) and three strips (sky, bridge roadway, and water). Follow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your bridge block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices. I look forward to seeing the variety of bridges we make!
Lighted Bridge uses light fabric for the two bridge cables, medium for the lighted night sky and reflected cables, and dark for the bridge roadway and water.
From light fabrics: From dark fabrics:
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles One – 1 x 12 ½ inch strip for bridge roadway
From medium fabrics: Four – 3 ½ inch squares for water
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles One – 3 x 12 ½ inch strip for water
for reflected cables
One – 3 ½ x 12 ½ inch strip for sky
Four – 3 ½ inch squares for sky RST = right sides together
Flying Geese: Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the four medium and four dark squares. Position a medium square RST on the corner of a light rectangle. Stitch on the line. Press. Peel back the top triangle of the square you just pressed and trim the middle layer to ¼ inch from the seam to reduce bulk. Repeat this process at the opposite corner of the rectangle. Flying Geese should be 3 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Trim if necessary. Repeat with second light rectangle. Makes two light flying geese.
Align one light flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.
Position a dark square RST on the corner of a medium rectangle. Repeat instructions for Flying Geese above. Repeat with second medium rectangle. Makes two medium flying geese.
Align one medium flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.
Refer to the picture to lay pieces in order from top to bottom.
Place medium strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 1-inch strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 3-inch strip RST on bottom of medium flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place medium flying geese on 1-inch strip RST. Stitch; press to strip.
Trim and square block to 12 ½ inches.
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Month Five will be posted on May14, 2018 at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com.